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Three Seafarers Kidnapped From Product Tanker in Gulf of Guinea
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

Three Romanian crewmembers of the product tanker Histria Ivory have been kidnapped by pirates off Togo, according to Romania's Free Trade Union of Navigators (SLN) and the Romanian Ministy of Foreign Affairs (MAE).  

At about 1930 hours on Sunday, pirates attacked the Ivory at a position about 20 miles off the port of Lome, Togo. The majority of the crew took shelter in the ship's citadel, but three Romanian nationals were abducted. The pirates fled the scene after the kidnapping, and local authorities escorted the Ivory to a safe anchorage. 

The vessel was reportedly damaged during the attack, but none of the crewmembers were injured, according to the MAE. The union posted images purported to describe the wreckage aboard the Ivory (below).

"The Free Trade Union of Navigators warns that in the Gulf of Guinea, the rate of pirate incidents is increasing in intensity, which affects seafarers and global shipping," the SLN said in a statement. "In high-risk areas, it is necessary to increase vigilance on the bridge and tune radar for small distances to prevent any attempted attack to succeed. Also, the piracy procedures must be well received by each crewmember and followed precisely in case of piracy incidents."

 




Three Seafarers Abducted From Product Tanker in Gulf of Guinea
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

Three Romanian crewmembers of the product tanker Histria Ivory have been kidnapped by pirates off Togo, according to Romania's Free Trade Union of Navigators (SLN) and the Romanian Ministy of Foreign Affairs (MAE).  

At about 1930 hours on Sunday, pirates attacked the Ivory at a position about 20 miles off the port of Lome, Togo. The majority of the crew took shelter in the ship's citadel, but three Romanian nationals were abducted. The pirates fled the scene after the kidnapping, and local authorities escorted the Ivory to a safe anchorage. 

The vessel was reportedly damaged during the attack, but none of the crewmembers were injured, according to the MAE. The union posted images purported to describe the wreckage aboard the Ivory (below).

"The Free Trade Union of Navigators warns that in the Gulf of Guinea, the rate of pirate incidents is increasing in intensity, which affects seafarers and global shipping," the SLN said in a statement. "In high-risk areas, it is necessary to increase vigilance on the bridge and tune radar for small distances to prevent any attempted attack to succeed. Also, the piracy procedures must be well received by each crewmember and followed precisely in case of piracy incidents."

 




Ghent Gets New Shore Power Connections
by Ship Bunker
Monday, March 04, 2019

For inland waterway vessels.




Asia-Europe Carriers Must ‘Think Outside the Box’ to Counter New Tonnage
by The Loadstar
Monday, March 04, 2019
By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) – High capacity and low demand will leave ocean carriers on Asia-North Europe routes in a tight spot, with analysts suggesting even mild growth would seem a major victory. Drewry said that, with demand remaining low, carriers were likely set to face the same challenges as last year, in absorbing […]




U.S. Coast Guard Issues Findings of Concern from FV Destination Investigation
by Mike Schuler
Monday, March 04, 2019
Note: The following Findings of Concern is being distributed by the U.S. Coast Guard following the February 2017 loss of the FV Destination in the Bering Sea with the loss of all six crew members. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the accident released last year said the Destination capsized and sank due to an accumulation of ice on the […]




Maersk Tankers to Install Scrubbers on Select LR2 Product Tankers
by gCaptain
Monday, March 04, 2019
Maersk Tankers will invest in four scrubber systems to be installed on selected LR2 vessels in the Maersk Product Tanker fleet before January 2020. The scrubbers systems will help Maersk Tanker comply the upcoming IMO sulphur cap regulation, which limit the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels globally to a maximum of […]




Video: Argentine Forces Fire Warning Shots at Chinese Fishing Vessel
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

Once again, Argentine forces have opened fire to chase off a Chinese vessel caught fishing within Argentina's exclusive economic zone. 

On Sunday morning, the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA) vessel Mantilla spotted the Chinese fishing vessel Hua Xiang 801 at a position about one nautical mile inside of the EEZ boundary. She had her fishing gear deployed, and when Mantilla approached she fled the scene. The Mantilla gave pursuit, and according to the PNA, the Hua Xiang attempted to collide with her, putting "the crew's life at risk." 

Despite multiple orders in Spanish and English to stop for boarding, the Hua Xiang did not halt, even after Mantilla fired warning shots with her autocannon. The fugitive vessel ultimately escaped into international waters, and Argentine authorities have asked other nations to help pursue her. 

"The vessel was conducting illegal fishing," said Carlos Villareal, chief of marine traffic serices for PNA. "It evaded the maritime authority and [we have issued] an international arrest warrant. There is a history of this, and the vessels that escaped were captured and fined [$190,000]."

The Argentine EEZ boundary off the coast of Comodoro Rivadavia runs through a rich squid fishery, and distant-water fishing vessels regularly gather in the area just beyond Argentine jurisdiction. The region is known locally as "milla 201" - or "mile 201" - in reference to its location outside the 200-nm boundary. 

The PNA patrols this line to keep down the number of vessels operating illegally in Argentine waters, and tense interactions are a recurring issue. Last February, the Mantilla fired warning shots at another non-compliant Chinese fishing vessel, sparking a minor diplomatic incident. In a similar incident involving a Chinese trawler in 2016, the suspect vessel was not so lucky: after repeated warnings, the PNA sank it

The relationship isn't only about enforcement, though. PNA also provides SAR and emergency response services for the region, and a PNA aircrew helped medevac the chief engineer of a different Chinese vessel (video below) on the same weekend as the Mantilla's encounter with Hua Xiang 801.




Poland Defies Green Activists, EU with Baltic Canal Project
by Reuters
Monday, March 04, 2019
By Karol Witenberg GDANSK, March 4 (Reuters) – Poland is pressing ahead with plans to dig a waterway across a narrow strip of land that separates its main eastern coastline from the Baltic Sea despite concerns among activists and in the European Union that it could damage the environment. The Vistula Spit is a heavily […]




Eyes on the Sea: Companies Compete for Australian Maritime Surveillance Contract
by Reuters
Monday, March 04, 2019
By Jamie Freed AVALON, Australia March 4 (Reuters) – Major global defense contractors want to sell Australia on cutting-edge technology such as high-altitude, solar-electric powered drones and optionally manned aircraft to keep an eye on the oceans. Airbus SE, Italy’s Leonardo SpA, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are among the companies that have expressed […]




U.S., China Said Near Deal That Could End Most U.S. Tariffs
by Bloomberg
Monday, March 04, 2019
By Jenny Leonard (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and China are close to a trade deal that could lift most or all U.S. tariffs as long as Beijing follows through on pledges ranging from better protecting intellectual-property rights to buying a significant amount of American products, two people familiar with the discussions said. Chinese officials made clear in […]




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